Cadillac Gage Ranger (Peacekeeper) 4x4 Armored Car
The United States became the largest operator of the Cadillac Gage Ranger 4x4 wheeled armored car.
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Cadillac Gage delivered their Ranger 4x4 light armored vehicle beginning in the early 1980s. The system was built atop the existing chassis of the Dodge 200 and RAM civilian truck family with a specially-designed armored superstructure replacing the traditional commercial body. This provided the vehicle with some battlefield survivability and housing for four of its standard operating personnel. The Ranger (also known as the "Peacekeeper") went on to see use by both American military and police forces (SWAT) where it was used as a base security vehicle (for the former) and as a stand-off hostage scenario vehicle (for the latter). The United States was eventually joined by Indonesia, Luxembourg and the Philippines as operators of the type (the US by far the largest user). The series is still in active service. The Ranger could be optionally armed with a 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun along its hull roof (with gun shield). Armor protection was light in a military sense which relegated the type from direct combat roles. Additionally, despite its 4x4 design, the vehicle proved a poor offroad performer, limiting its tactical usefulness.
Rangers were branded under the Cadillac Gage label - manufacturers of the Cadillac Gage Stingray Light Tank
Internally, the vehicle retained the conventional seating arrangement of the Dodge truck series with the engine at front, the driver at front left and passenger seating to his right. The machine gunner was situated at his position at the rear left with the remaining member at rear right. Firing ports allowed for the occupants to engage outside threats with their personal weapons, aiming via the provided vision ports. Power was provided by a gasoline-fueled MOPAR series engine. Later versions were outfitted with an uprated breed and some even completed with diesel-fueled powerplants. Tires were of the run-flat variety on early models allowing them to be pierced and still provide travel. However, issues with their design led the series to adopt a more conventional tubeless pressured design.
Initial Ranger models were known as Peacekeeper Is and these were to be followed by the proposed Peacekeeper II series which intended to use the Ford F-350 truck chassis with additional crew armor protection. This initiative eventually fell to naught when government interest waned.